Tooth Extractions Specialist

John D. Aiken, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Inverness Smiles

John D. Aiken, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Birmingham, AL

Advancements in dental technology have made tooth extractions far easier for both patients and practitioners. John Aiken, DMD, and the team at Inverness Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama, provide safe and effective tooth extractions and can help you meet all of your dental needs. If you’re considering having a tooth pulled, call the office to set up an appointment, or book online in just moments.

Tooth Extractions Q&A

What is a tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is the term for having a tooth pulled. Extractions are done for several reasons. Once among the most dreaded of dental procedures, today’s extractions are fast, safe, and comfortable. 

Your permanent teeth are intended to last a lifetime, but there are cases in which extraction is necessary. Having a trusted dental team to turn to can make the experience far easier to navigate. 

When are tooth extractions necessary?

There are several reasons why you might need to have one or more tooth extractions. Before moving forward with an extraction, Dr. Aiken will explore all options for restoring and saving your tooth. If extraction is necessary, he’ll review the procedure and let you know what to expect. 

Extractions are performed using a local anesthetic. This ensures you won’t be in pain during or immediately after the procedure. Most people can manage any lingering discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication, but if a prescription pain medication is needed, you’ll receive a prescription during your visit. 

Some of the reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Advanced decay
  • Crowding
  • Making room for orthodontic treatment
  • Infection
  • In preparation for chemotherapy or other procedures

Some people have tooth extractions in preparation for dental implants or dentures. 

What happens during tooth extraction?

Once you receive a numbing injection Dr. Aiken uses a tool called forceps to grasp the tooth and begin rocking it back and forth. This movement loosens the connection between your tooth and bone tissue. 

A tool called an elevator is sometimes used to extract the tooth. In rare cases, a tooth must be broken into smaller pieces to aid removal. 

After your tooth is pulled a blood clot forms in the socket. It’s important to allow this clot to remain in place undisturbed, which hastens the healing process. Avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, or doing anything that places pressure or suction on the socket. 

If you have questions or concerns about a tooth extraction, call the office to book a visit, or schedule online. Inverness Smiles performs extractions on all teeth except back molars and wisdom teeth.